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Vacation is a time to enjoy and have the best of it by visiting any place that would be memorable as well as enjoyable within India is not that easy. However, you can get over this dilemma by choosing to visit the following destinations that are best in India to visit. These destinations are traveler’s paradise and it is absolute must on your holiday list of travel. So, let’s begin.

Kashmir

The beauty of the Dal Lake in Kashmir is something that is immaculately beautiful and pleasing to the onlooker. It is for this reason regarded as Heaven on Earth or Jannat. The lake with its beauty surrounded by mountains, the orchards and the meadows around with lush green gardens and yes the view of traders carrying flowers in boats is mesmerizing. The thick pines and deodars add to its beauty. Living in the Shikara or House Boat has its own charm that is unforgettable.

Best time to visit:

March to August for those who like spring and summer.

For adventure freaks winters is the best time what will be December to February.

Activities to do:

  • Stay at a House Boat is out of this world experience especially for those who like peace and privacy.
  • Enjoy your Gondola ride at Gulmarg and view the scenic beauty of the place.
  • Shikara ride at Dal Lake is yet another fascinating thing to do sailing slowly experiencing the beauty of Kashmir.
  • Shopping for handlooms and handicrafts traditionally made by the locals is yet another thing. All these can be found at Badshah and Lal Chawk.
  • You will love to get the authentic Pashmina shawl that is the finest and yet the warmest fabric native to this place.
  • For adventure Chadar Trek the most challenging trek is where you should go.
  • If you love nature then do remember to visit Shalimar Bagh the Mughal Garden of Kashmir.

Cuisine:

  • Mouthwatering Kashmiri cuisine with delicacies such as Rogan Josh, Kashmiri dam aloo and Kashmiri chicken, Kashmiri Wazwan and the most famous Kashmiri beverage flavorful Kahwa can be tasted at Mughal Darbar at Shervani Road that serves authentic Kashmiri food at reasonable prices.
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Ladakh

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, enchanting valleys and scenic beauty of alpine glacier lakes Ladakh is the place to visit for adventure freaks as well for those who enjoy winter wonderland. Ladakh is the place where adventure, scenic beauty and divine beauty unfold right in front of your eyes.

Best time to visit:

In summers you should visit between September- October.

For adventure trip visit during March.

Activities to do:

  • Visit Pangaong Lake during winters as it is frozen and ready for skiing.
  • Want to get a whiff of spirituality and religion then do remember to visit Spiti and Hemis monasteries the most ancient and the most beautiful.
  • Take a trekking trail at Zanskar River and frozen Lake of Pangong.
  • Dune Safari at Nubra Valley where you will be captivated by sand dunes against the backdrop of mountains.
  • Do visit the Magnetic Hill where the vehicles are pulled uphill as if a magical force is pulling the vehicle up. Put your car in neutral, stop the engine and let the hill pull it upward.
  • Visit the Leh Palace for its royal splendor and remember to check out the Palace Museum for the royal dresses, ornaments, handicrafts to learn more about it.

Cuisine:

Sky wok Ladakh restaurant for local or authentic cuisine, remember to taste Chutagi or dumpling soup, Paba, Thubka and beverage such as Tsaza or the butter tea.

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Delhi

Delhi is actually popular for most of the forts and tombs, but the biggest attraction is that of Humayun tomb.

Best time to visit:

February and March in summers

December and January for winters.

Activities to do:

  • If you happen to visit during summers or spring then do visit the Mughal Gardens with full bloom of exotic flowers and the Sundar Nursery too.
  • India Gate and Qutub Minar for the crowning glory of the city.
  • If architecture is your passion then do visit Humayun’s tomb.
  • ISKCON temple is where you will be captivated by the bhakti sangeet of Lord Krishna and the beauty of the temple in marble. The bakery within the temple is pure vegan and it serves delicious bakery items.
  • Hazarat Nizamuddin Dargah popular for wish granting by tying threads made in white marble is an absolute beauty.
  • Want to know about the history of the city then do visit the National Museum that houses everything from the royals who lived and built Delhi to the progression of the city through the time.

Cuisine:

  • Variety of food is easy to find at Chandni Chawk Market especially the Parathe wali gali.
  • For authentic street food visit the Chaat waala at UPSC with variety of mouthwatering authentic Delhi street food.
  • Visit the Hauz Khas village for numerous restaurants, pubs and discos and enjoy the culture and night life of the city.
  • Want to shop till you drop at reasonable prices then visit the Fashion Street at Sarojini Nagar or the Janpath Market.

Agra

The city of the Mughals that speaks of style and beauty galore in the monuments made by the Mughals. Of course the biggest beauty that of Taj Mahal that is one of the wonders of the world.

Best time to visit

Between October to March as beyond that the hot weather may be unbearable for sensitive souls.

Activities to do:

  • Taj Museum where you will find a lot of handcrafted items forged in white marble.
  • Agra Fort forged in Red sandstone is an exquisite beauty of architectural wonder.
  • Mehtab Bagh within the vicinity of Taj Mahal.
  • Kinari Baazar behind Jama Masjid where you will find numerous items sold and handicraft items like fabrics, jewelry, spices, marblework and even snack stalls.
  • Visit Fathehpur Sikri that is well known for the most famous Jodha Bai’s Palace housing beautiful Mughal gardens inside with exotic flowers, dewan-e khaas and dewan-e aam the courts of the royals.
  • Dargah of Salim Chisti where it is said if a couple visits they are blessed to have a union soon.

Cuisine:

  • UP Tourism restaurant around the Taj Mahal serves good food at reasonable prices.
  • Do check out the authentic Agra Petha at Panchi Petha, however, the authentic shop is hard to find.
  • Bedhai and Jalebi is the authentic breakfast with sweet and spice mixed.
  • Mughlai Food with its own flavors and the chaat of Agra that is popular all around.
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Varanasi

Trip to this holy city of River Ganges is something that is a must especially to those who are religious fanatics. You will love the evening Ganga Aarti with thousands of believers and priests chanting, playing the music, doing the aarti that makes it beautiful and spiritual at the same time. You will lose yourself in the holy music. Do take a dip in River Ganges that is supposed to wash off all the karmas and negativity of the individual taking a dip.

Best time to visit:

November to February

Activities to do:

  • Taking a boat ride across the river you will be able to visit the seven ghaats popular in Varanasi.
  • Remember to visit the Kashi Vishvanath Temple of Lord Shiva that is yet again wish fulfilling and blesses the devotee with prosperity.
  • For females the biggest attraction is that of Banarsi Silk sarees that are handcrafted and fine silk only available in this place.

Cuisine:

Do have a taste of the most famous Banaras ki Chaat the street food with its own desi flavors of the local area.

Jaisalmer

It is often called the Land of Golden Sand due to the sand dunes that are the major attraction of this place.

Best time to visit:

November to March

Visit in February for Jaisalmer festival

Activities to do:

  • The Jaisalmer festival or the desert festival, camel festival and the folk songs and the folk music that fills the air.
  •  You will enjoy the desert safari and the stay in desert where you will be treated like a royal.
  • Scooting around in sand scooters on the dunes or surfing it is another experience.
  • Do visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Salim ji ki haveli, Nathmak ji ki haveli and the famous Patwon-ki-haveli that speaks of the grandeur and ancient lifestyle charm of the merchants and royals.

Cuisine:

  • The best you will enjoy is the authentic Rajasthan culinary experience, dishes made in pure ghee is impressive. Do taste Dal Baati and choorma the most popular of Rajasthani dishes.
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Gujrat, Runn of Kutch

The natural beauty of the place is boundless and difficult to explain in words. The best that you will enjoy with family , friends and with your significant other is the Runn Festival. This festival offers adventure sports, activities for kids and adults alike, folk dances / music and authentic food of the city.

Best time to visit:

October to March

Activities to do:

  • Rann Utsav where the major attraction is folk music, camelrides rustic stay for the tourists, ATV, Para motoring, Rifle shooting, rappelling, pendulum swing and zipline tower.
  • The most memorable experience is staying in Bhungas or the cylindrical huts with conical roofs.
  • Those who love bird watching they can visit the Chhari Dhand Bird Sanctuary, will also get a hint of viewing the local artisans at work with amazing handicraft items. You will love the traditional mirror work patterns and lattice work in different styles and designs.

Cuisine:

Thepla, Fafda Jalebi, Khakhara, Dal Dhokli, Khandvi, Gujarati Samosa, Aam shrikhand, Bardoli ki Khichdi ad much more. The best part is  it is all vegetarian.

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Ajanta Ellora Caves

Aurangabad the city that is famous for its architectural style and design portrayed in Ajanta and Ellora caves, a heritage site that is a must visit especially during the time of the Ellora Ajanta Festival. The dancers and musicians portray the mystical charm of the bygone days speaking about the ancient folk tales. It is a place that is must visit for art lovers, historians and lovers of cultural beauty alike.

Best time to visit:

June to March

Activities to do:

  • The intricate carvings of the Kala and Rangeen Darwaza is where you will be capitated by mysterious charm of the place.
  • Then comes the Bibi ka Maqbara that reflects equivalent beauty of Taj.
  • The tomb of Begum Rabia the wife of Aurangzeb. Shopping at Aurangabad you should not forget to purchase Himroo and Paithani silk, it is the specialty of Aurangabad. The exotic handwoven garments offered by this place.

Cuisine:

Mango Rabdi, Doodhi Halwa, Beef tikkis and Haleem at Buddi Galli and Roshan Gate.

Sikkim City

Often quoted as the Gem of North-East, this place has its own charm due to the peace, solitude and tranquility offered to the tourists who visits it.

Best time to visit:

Between March and May

October to December

Activities to do:

  • Adventure lovers visit it for its scenic trekking trails and the breathtaking beauty of the lakes surrounded by lush green meadows. Yumthang Valley is one such place where you will become one with the natural beauty.
  • The surreal experiences offered by Gurudongmar and Cholamu lakes.
  • Adventure lovers will love to indulge in white water rafting through River Teesta with lots of twists throughout the torrential river.
  • Then comes extreme sports like hang gliding and paragliding along with Yak Safari.
  • Famous for its Thanga Paintings you will love to purchase these for keepsake.

Cuisine:

Momo, Gya thuk, Phagshapa, Sha Phaley, Sinki are all most popular Sikkim’s cuisine. The staple food of Sikkim Dal Bhat is pure vegetarian.

Kerala Backwater

Known as  God’s own country, Kerala, most wondrous of states where you will see the beauty of serene lakes and lush flora on the banks catching your eye in awe. The immense natural beauty of the place is something that will keep you captivated along with wildlife sanctuaries and hill station where you will find peace.

Best time to visit:

September to March to avoid humidity and enjoy the weather.

Activities to do:

  • Kerala Ayurveda that offers various skin and body rejuvenation packages with authentic Ayurveda herbs, relaxing massages and the exotic oils used in the therapy benefits the body and nervous system in numerous ways.
  • The tea gardens of Munnar is something that is enthralling and leave you spellbound as you experience beauty of meadows there ripped off a story book.
  • If you love wild natural beauty then do visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cuisine:

  • The traditional food of Kerala served on Banana leaves is an experience to remember.
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Hampi

The Vijayanagara Empire that stood between 14th and 16th century, Hampi  is a must visit with lots of folk tales and folk music to enjoy. The magnificence of this place is difficult to describe in words.

Best time to visit:

October to February

Activities to do:

  • The splendor of Virupaksha Temple with beautiful stone carvings and the famous stone chariot housed in Vijaya Vittala Temple is a must visit.
  • Enjoy the Hampi Utsav when all the culture and ancient India comes alive.
  • Queen’s bath, Hampi Bazaar, Narasimha statue and Tungabhadra river.
  • Biking and cliff jumping available at Kotagiri trek.
  • For peace and calm among the scenic beauty of rice field you can rent a cottage for your stay.
  • Anjaneya Hills located at Anegondi area is the birth place of Lord Hanumana.
  • Remember to go for rock climbing as it is rated the top most destination for this sport throughout India.

Cuisine:

South Indian cuisine available at Hampi Bazaar.

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Mysore City Palace

The royal city known for its beautiful gardens and ornate palaces, it is a city that offers a good historic view.

Best time to visit:

July to February is the most pleasant time to visit.

Activities to do:

  • Mysore Palace is good to visit to understand the royal culture of the city.
  • Enjoy strolling through the Brindawan Gardens with its musical fountains and beautiful pathways during the evening.
  • Visiting the city during its famous Mysore Dasara Festival you will enjoy the culture that this city has to offer in numerous colors that comes alive with decorated elephants during this time.
  • Do visit the Somnathpur Temple and Hoysala Temples built by Hindu royalties.
  • Visit the Chamundi Hill housing the most popular Chamundeshwari Temple the temple of Devi Durga.

Cuisine:

Remember to taste and purchase Mysore Pak the delicacy this state has to offer made in pure ghee a sweet that melts in the mouth. Apart from all the south Indian dishes, you should check out Vangi Baath, Bisi bele bath as well as sweets such as Payasam, Jalebi and Rave Unde.

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